Doug Greene was attracted to the discipline of yoga when he first experienced the calm and peace following a session as a college student in the 1970s.

Now a reiki and yoga master, the Washington resident has followed yoga practices throughout his professional career as a certified public accountant and investment counselor, now located at Greene & Company at 10 Titus Road in the Depot.

When the children of his wife, MaryAnne, and him graduated from high school, Mr. Greene decided to become a yoga teacher as well as a CPA/investment counselor.

After taking 200 hours of instruction classes in New York City, he attended the Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts, taking 500 hours of study and receiving his certificate as a Kripalu master.

`Swami Kripalu was an Indian Yogi born and trained in India," Mr. Greene explained. "His followers started yoga centers in Pennsylvania and in the Berkshires in the 1970s. At the center in the Berkshires, I studied Kundulini yoga, the yoga of energy."

These days, Mr. Greene teaches workshops and conducts classes at Bryan Memorial Town Hall and at the Institute for American Indian Studies, both in Washington.

His classes and workshops teach yoga as "both a physical and spiritual healing" exercise.

"Thousands of years ago, yogis in India discovered that human beings consist of spirit (mind) and body," Mr. Greene explained. "When the two are brought into balance, you can be healthy and happy."

"Being very involved in intellectual pursuits in business," Mr. Greene said, "as most of us are, we find ourselves engaging the left side of our brain and inadvertently neglect the right side."

"Through meditation and physical practices of yoga, you can feed and nurture that right side," he added. "Yoga is a tool that allows you to pivot between your intellectual and spiritual life."

Mr. Greene's classes teach breathing and posture and end in meditation. No experience is required to attend and participants may sign up for a series of classes or attend on a drop in basis.

"We live in a very stressful society," Mr. Greene said, "and in very stressful times with the state of the economy and the conflict in the world. Yoga is a relaxation exercise that can bring us into a restful balance."

For information on yoga class times and workshops offered by Doug Greene, go to the Web site or call 888-809-4321.

Classes are held Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot, and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. at the Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, in Washington.

Drop in fee is $15, and $10 for students and seniors.